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PGXL and SSDR Profile -- Add a setting to set the PGXL status and save it to a SSDR Profile

Al_NN4ZZ
Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭

BACKGROUND -- If the PGXL is set to OPERATE from the PGXL app and the user has not reduced the drive power, the amp will error out. SSDR profiles can be activated that reduce the drive power but the there is nothing currently that can control the PGXL status ( i.e. STANDBY or OPERATE)


IDEA -- Add a PGXL setting to SSDR that can be assigned to a SSDR Profile that will control whether the PGXL is in STANDBY or OPERATE mode?


For example consider these 2 profiles named AMP ON and AMP OFF in this example.

AMP ON -- Currently profiles can be used to establish the drive power level per band for the PGXL. But it would be good to also include a setting in the profile that will set the PGXL to OPERATE mode. It appears that the only option is to click the OPERATE button on the PGXL app.

AMP OFF -- Conversely a profile can be set to establish the output power for the radio when not using the PGXL. But there is no setting in the profile that will set the PGXL to STANDBY mode. The only option is to click the STANDBY button on the PGXL app. If you forget to click the STANDBY button the PGXL will fault with a high power error.


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This idea was submitted as the result of a question asking whether this capability currently exists. Mike / VA3MW provided this answer.


Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

Not at the moment, but this is a good request.

I can't move this posting to the New Ideas area, but you might want to also post it there as it is easier to track when engineering is looking for new ideas.

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Regards, Al / NN4ZZ

al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

6600 Win10 Pro V2004 -- SSDR V3.3.33

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  • John WA7UAR
    John WA7UAR Member ✭✭✭

    @Al_NN4ZZ -- If you don't already have it, please look into integrating FRStack into your set of tools.

    I am able to use FRStack to do a number of useful operations -- and all with the click of a single button... especially if you integrate the Elgato Stream Deck into the mix.

    I can set an option in FRStack so that when the amp is on, it automatically reduces the power levels out to a maximum of my own choice (for me about 35%). And when the amp is in Standby, it automatically increases power back up to a maximum (usually 100%).

    And there are other options to automate turning TX DAX on or off depending on the mode (DIGI or SSB).

    It has been a great tool to use... and it works over SmartLink!

    Cheers, John

  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭

    Hi John,

    I currently use SDR-Bridge for CS Skimmer and also to give me an additional FlexControl knob. One is controlled by SSDR, the second one is supported by SDR-Bridge. I prefer to keep the number of third party apps to a minimum. So I would rather not add another one. Last time I checked FRStack didn't offer the feature that would let me have 2 FlexControl knobs. It has a lot of other features but not ones that I would need or use.

    Hopefully the SSDR profile feature will be added at some point so we can natively control the amp within the SSDR / PGXL eco-system. It makes sense to have this as a feature since both devices are Flex devices.

    Appreciate the suggestion and may look at it again some day.

    Regards, Al / NN4ZZ

    al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

    6600 Win10 Pro V2004 -- SSDR V3.3.33

  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭

    Here is a mockup to illustrate the idea request.

    Also see the about including an option (probably on the Radio/Settings screen) to save the current status in the current profile. For anyone that does not want / need / like the status to be saved it would provide for that also.

    Regards, Al / NN4ZZ

    al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

    6600 Win10 Pro V2004 -- SSDR V3.3.33



  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭

    Running SSDR 3.3.33 -- I'm new to using the PGXL and just discovered that you can already toggle between STANDBY and OPERATE from the SSDR screen. And see the amp status as well. It's in the manual on page 119.

    So this IDEA request is simply to provide an option in the RADIO/SETTINGs to allow the PGXL status to be saved with the PROFILE. That would let the profile control both the power setting as well as amp status.

    OPTION: Save PGXL status in TX Profile: Yes / No

    Regards, Al / NN4ZZ

    al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

    6600 Win10 Pro V2004 -- SSDR V3.3.33



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